14 Feb

Conference cancelled

With regret, we have had to cancel tomorrow’s conference. Ticket sales were poor and we just couldn’t justify bringing speakers from all over Scotland.

Thank you to those who did buy tickets. You should already have recieved an email about a refund. If you haven’t, please check your Spam folder or email enquiries@smallholding.scot

31 Jan

Smallholding Scotland Survey Launched

Smallholding Scotland exists to represent, promote and support smallholding across Scotland. To do this better, we are launching a survey that will run throughout February 2019 to find out more about small land holdings and those who own and manage them.

The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. Very few of the questions are compulsory but the more you complete, the more accurate the resulting data will be.

Please do take the time out of your busy day to do this – it’s the first time any survey like this has been done and the more folk that complete it, the better.

https://strathsci.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9sj0EpAf2Di9f25

Thank you from the Trustees of Smallholding Scotland

 

22 Jan

Fifth Conference speaker announced

Engaging with your community : Rebecca Dawes, Open Farm Sunday

Rebecca is the Scottish Co-ordinator for LEAF Open Farm Sunday, an initiative that sees nearly 400 farmers, crofters and smallholders open their gates annually on one Sunday in June (9th June 2019). Her family also take part each year and to date have hosted 11 LEAF Open Farm Sunday events plus many others including lambing, “all about ewe”, the farming Christmas nativity, a book of farming, school visits and numerous other days linked to food, farming and nature. These events have ranged from 10 to 3500 people running from one hour to a full-day.

Rebecca has a First-Class Honours degree in Events Management and is a graduate of the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme. She is a Judge for Lantra Scotland Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards. Co-Manager of the Rural Youth Project and works full-time for Jane Craigie Marketing, an agency that specialists in the agricultural and rural sector. She also has her own herd of pygmy goats but has yet to try goat yoga!!

Rebecca will give the conference a really good insight and plenty of examples from her experience of Open Farm Sunday to help our members learn more about engaging with the public, helping promote/sell their goods/services and running the event.

16 Jan

Smallholding Scotland Conference 2019: speakers announced

The 2019 Smallholding Scotland Conference is being held at Pitcairngreen Village Hall on Friday 15th February. Full details are on the conference website including ticket sales.

Three speakers have been announced today: Pete Ritchie, Executive Director of Nourish Scotland, Ceri Ritchie, Sector Manager for food and drink at SAC Consulting and manager of Connect Local, the Scottish Government’s local food and drink marketing advisory service and Sam Parsons, estate manager for the Balcaskie Estate, who has been at the forefront of the transition of the estate to organic status, and has been a pioneer in initiatives such as mob-grazing and wild farming.

Further announcements to follow.

14 Jan

Dates for your diary 2019

Smallholding Scotland Conference Friday 15th February Pitcairngreen Village Hall, Perth

Scottish Smallholder Festival Saturday 28thSeptember Lanark Agricultural Centre

Sales of Poultry and Waterfowl and Rare Breed Livestock
Aberdeen and Northern Marts, Thainstone
May 18th Rare Breed Sales
August 31st Rare Breed Sale including show and sale of Jacob and Ryeland sheep)

Longtown Market
Poultry sales on March 30th and November 2nd

Dingwall Market
March 16th Rare breed poutry and native bred livestock

Harrison and Hetherington, Carlisle
February 23rd Poultry, waterfowl and pigs
September 21st Rare Breeds Sale including shows and sales of Longhorn and Dexter cattle, Jacob, Ryeland, Kerry Hill, Hebridean and Border Leicester sheep

Lawrie &Symington, Lanark Agricultural Centre
Poultry and waterfowl sales 7th February, 7th March, 25th April, 30th May, 9th July, 1st August, 30th August26th September and 28th November
September 5th Rare Breed Sale

Lawrie and Symington, The Forfar Mart
Poultry and waterfowl sales 21st February, 9th May, 25th July and 10th October
These dates are believed to be correct but please check with the individual market operator nearer the time.

 

 

 

21 Sep

New Trustees for Smallholding Scotland

At the recent AGM, held in Perth,  four new Trustees joined the Board of Smallholding Scotland. Laura Turner, from Fife, has taken up the position of Membership Secretary; Anne Massie has taken the role of Treasurer. The other new trustees are Sandra Bannister and Karen McKay.

Elaine Whitely and Andy Phillips stood down under the constitutional rules and were re-elected. Martin Beard, Rosemary Champion, Cath Livingstone and Arnot Tippett remain on the Board, with Martin taking the office of Events Co-ordinator, Rosemary, Chair and Arnott, Secretary.

There are still vacancies for Trustees so any member interested in getting involved should contact the Board via enquiries@smallholding.scot.

The Board are looking forward to developing the organisation to support and represent Scottish smallholders over the next year.

Also at the AGM, the accounts for 2018 were approved and the subscriptions for 2019/20 set at £20 for Full and £15 for Associate memberships.